My weekly opinions, observations and rants about some Canadian baseball stories (Please follow me on Twitter: @kevinglewsports):
If you’re wondering – like I was – why Scott Richmond (Vancouver, B.C.) isn’t pitching for Canada in the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Germany, it’s because (as Bob Elliott notes in the Toronto Sun today) his wife Deanna gave birth to twin girls on Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. Congratulations to the veteran pitcher and his wife.
Scarborough, Ont., native George Kottaras is turning out to be one of the better trade deadline acquisitions. Since being dealt to the Oakland A’s by the Milwaukee Brewers on July 28, the Canadian catcher has belted five homers and owns a .500 slugging percentage in 21 games.
Speaking of the Brewers, the most Canadian team in baseball has jumped back into wild-card contention after a recent hot stretch. Even without Kottaras, Milwaukee’s roster still boasts Canadians John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.), Jim Henderson (Calgary, Alta.) and Taylor Green (Comox, B.C.). And their two top executives Doug Melvin (general manager) and Gord Ash (assistant general manager) were born in Chatham, Ont., and Toronto respectively. Heading into today’s action, the Brewers sit 2-1/2 games back of the Cardinals for the final National League wild-card spot.
Even retired ex-Toronto Blue Jays aren’t immune to the injury bug. Jeff Kent reportedly tore his MCL within the first 15 minutes of the season premiere of Survivor.
One method I use to gauge whether there are issues with a team’s makeup is to count how many times I utter the phrase “I’d hate to be the one to tell …” about one of their players. I’ve made far too many statements that start with these eight words about the Blue Jays this season. I’d hate to be the one to tell Yunel Escobar that Adeiny Hechavarria is a better shortstop than him and that he should move to second base. I’d hate to be the one to tell Colby Rasmus that he needs to move to left field because Anthony Gose is the better centre fielder. And I’d hate to be the one to tell Brett Lawrie that his baserunning errors are no longer acceptable.
I’ve yet to hear of a single Montreal Expos fan that celebrated when the Washington Nationals clinched a playoff spot on Thursday.
I wrote a profile about 1954 Montreal Royals pitcher and Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Billy Harris earlier this week. If you want to watch Harris’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech from 2008, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RdInJ-ErZo
I love Amy Adams (another of my Hollywood crushes), I love baseball and I respect the heck out of scouts, so why don’t I want to see “Trouble with the Curve” which hit movie theaters this weekend? What exactly has Clint Eastwood’s Obama/invisible chair speech done to me?
Slated for release in 2013, the new Jackie Robinson movie will mention his 1946 season in Montreal. The movie features Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. You can watch the movie trailer here: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/42-jackie-robinson-movie-trailer-hits-internet-165305322–mlb.html